M/A-COM was awarded a contract with more than $1 billion to construct a network of radio towers that will cover about 95% of New York State’s land mass, the New York Times has reported. M/A-COM’s winning bid was less than half the estimated $3 billion bid submitted by Motorola, which indicated it would contest the award, the paper said. The towers will be able to withstand hurricane-force winds and ice storms, and will be equipped with backup generators in order to withstand lengthy commercial power outages, the Times said. New York was one of seven northeastern states and two Canadian provinces affected by the August 2003 blackout that impacted 50,000,000 people region-wide.